October 11, 1985 National Anti-apartheid Protest Day!

by Hawaii Committee for Africa
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Undated, about September 1985
1 page
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Southern Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Copy of a leaflet by the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) reprinted by the Hawaii Committee for Africa advertising National Anti-apartheid Protest Day on October 11, 1985.  The leaflet says as repression intensifies in South Africa, it is critical that we maintain the growing momentum against U.S. investment in that country through coordinated action this Fall. The leaflet says over 100 campuses participated in protest actions for divestment this Spring with close to 3000 students being arrested. at the same time thousands of community activists were arrested at the South African embassy and consulates throughout the year. The leaflet says this Spring's protests have underscored the power of direct action blockades and sit-ins, and we encourage student and community groups to engage in similar actions at the local level on October 11. The leaflet says since October 11 coincides with Southern Africa Political Prisoner Day, groups should try to link divestment protests with campaigning to free Nelson Mandela and all other political prisoners. The leaflet says at this time it is vital to strengthen ties with the movement against U.S. intervention in Central America, and we invite the support of the Central America solidarity networks for the October 11 mobilization and offer our backing for their actions in the Fall. The leaflet says this National Protest Day was initiated on May 7 by the American Committee on Africa and the most active campus anti-apartheid groups from: Berkeley, Columbia, Iowa, Texas, Florida, Yale, Princeton, Wisconsin, SUNY/Purchase, Colorado, Vassar, Cornell, Louisville, Rutgers, UPENN, Santa Cruz, the USSA, DSA, Progressive Student Network, and the Black Student Communications Organizing Network.
Used by permission of former members of the Hawaii Committee for Africa.
Collection: Hawaii Committee for Africa (Renee Furuyama & Joel Fischer collection)